Order of Belisario Porras, Grand Cross
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The Order of Belisario Porras was established in Panama in 1970, to commemorate those who have served the government of Omar Torrijos in the country. It was the first Order established by this government. The Order was later promoted to a Law to distinguish Panamanian citizens who have displayed meritorious contributions to the nation in the scientific, artistic, literary, humanitarian or public fields.
The Order consists of Collar, Grand Cross, Grand Officer, and Commander.
Belisario Porras (1856-1942) was a Panamanian journalist and politician who served in three different occasions as president of Panama. He aslo participated of the Thousand Days' War (1899–1902), and it is considered as the initiator of the international open trades and services of the Panamanian economy.
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